Prisma Health Blog


Dealing with sickle cell disease together

Ky’lanii Gambrell is a typical spunky 3-year-old girl. She enjoys playing with her dolls, running around the park, and spending time with her mother and grandmother. As healthy as she looks, it is hard to imagine that less than two months ago her family sat at her bedside while she fought for her life in...
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Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer

Veeral M. Oza, MD Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer and recognizing its symptoms is important. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States approximately 56,000 people will develop pancreatic cancer in 2019 and of these 46,000 will succumb to the disease. In South Carolina alone, that estimates to about 1,000 new cases...
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What’s new with the flu?

Flu season, which can last through March, has only just begun. Now is the time to get ready before peak flu activity hits. The flu virus can spread within a six-foot radius by a sneeze or even saliva droplets, and you’re contagious 24 hours before you begin experiencing symptoms. Since the virus spreads so easily,...
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Five ways to prevent bladder problems

  While many of us may not think about our bladder often, bladder health is important, especially for women. Some important bladder health facts: Small amounts of bacteria can live in a healthy bladder. The way you eat and drink can affect your bladder. Certain health conditions such as diabetes can heighten your chance of...
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Why you should think twice about eating red meat

Recent guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine inform adults that there is no reason not to continue consuming red and processed meats at current levels of intake. These recommendations are based on the facts that the observed negative effects of red and processed meat are very small, the quality of evidence is low to...
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No-shave November: What’s it all about?

You may have noticed in past years the phenomenon of men growing mustaches or full beards during the month of November. Going by various terms, including “Movember” and “No-shave November”, this movement brings a certain level of joy to those who participate and to those observers who can sit back and bask in the glory...
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Changes in your breast: Normal or concerning?

Do you know what things to look for when performing a breast self-exam? It can be confusing to check your breasts when you aren’t sure what exactly you’re looking for. Many questions often come to mind: What are the worrisome signs? When should I contact my physician? It is important for women to have breast...
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Bike and ATV safety for kids

There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun and exercise and is a great way for kids to get from point A to point B. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while you...
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Breast health blind spots

As we head into October, a cycle of predictable events unfolds. The leaves start to turn, the Clemson University football team revs up its National Championship machine and Breast Cancer Awareness Month arrives. Now, I can’t do anything to make nature’s paintings any better. Nor can I do anything about Clemson’s juggernaut – believe me,...
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Keeping your child safe in the car

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable death and injury to children in the U.S. Using the appropriate car seat – correctly – decreases the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70%. Here are some tips to help you keep your children safe on the road: Stay in a rear-facing car seat as...
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